Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her retired Navy Captain husband Mark Kelly have started the organization “Americans for Responsible Solutions.” The announcement of the organization comes on the two year anniversary of the assassination attempt on Giffords’ life.
The purpose of the organization according to their website ( http://americansforresponsiblesolutions.org ) is to “encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership by communicating directly with the constituents that elect them.”
However nowhere on the website is there any type of solution to gun violence.
“Giffords and Kelly will not let leaders across the country forget that Americans are demanding responsible solutions to this critically important issue.” That statement appears under the “About Gabby” section of the website and is the closest thing they offer as a plan to prevent gun violence.
In an article by Giffords and Kelly appearing today in USA Today they define the intention of the organization as “raise the funds necessary to balance the influence of the gun lobby, and will line up squarely behind leaders who will stand up for what’s right.”
However Giffords and Kelly fail to mention how they define “what’s right.”
They do have a paragraph heading titled “An ideological fringe” where they go on to attempt to define the NRA and its members “they threaten those who divert from their orthodoxy with political extinction.”
While Giffords and Kelly in one paragraph refer to NRA members as an ideological fringe they are quick to speak for NRA members’ wants “What we do want is what the majority of NRA members and other Americans want: responsible changes in our laws to require responsible gun ownership and reduce gun violence.”
However Giffords and Kelly don’t mention what changes to the law they seek.
“We saw from the NRA leadership’s defiant and unsympathetic response to the Newtown, Conn., massacre that winning even the most common-sense reforms will require a fight.”
Giffords and Kelly are quick to demonize the leadership of the National Rifle Association as a mechanism to get funding so they can institute “common sense” regulations. Regrettably, they don’t say what those common sense solutions entail.